Queen Elizabeth Thinks This Completely Normal Word Is “Vulgar”

No, it doesn't have four letters.

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We already know the 9 foods Queen Elizabeth II refuses to eat and the four countries she’s never visited. And we now know which word will never slip out of her mouth.

Your first guess would probably be that the Queen turns up her nose at curse words, but that might not be true. She doesn’t swear publicly, but comedian Brian Blessed claims Her Majesty said the F-word when talking about one of his appearances on the TV show Have I Got News For You. Granted, she was talking about the Anglo-Saxon origins of the word that he uses so much—not cursing him out. Still, the idea of the 91-year-old monarch swearing is still amusing.


But there’s another word Queen Elizabeth cannot stand—and it’s nothing you’d ever guess. According to Us Weekly, a palace source says the Queen finds the word “pregnant” to be a “vulgar” word. Here are 8 more words you will never hear anyone in the royal family say.

No, Queen Elizabeth doesn’t just refuse to acknowledge expectant women. After all, Meghan Markle recently gave birth to the queen’s eighth great-grandchild. Apparently, the Queen prefers to say pregnant women are “in the family way” as a more polite term. The phrase started as a slang term in the 17th century, according to Merriam-Webster. It’s dying out now, but apparently Her Majesty still likes the sound of it. How quaint!

Marissa Laliberte
Marissa Laliberte-Simonian is a London-based associate editor with the global promotions team at WebMD’s Medscape.com and was previously a staff writer for Reader's Digest. Her work has also appeared in Business Insider, Parents magazine, CreakyJoints, and the Baltimore Sun. You can find her on Instagram @marissasimonian.